Execupundit.com: Management Question: Ethics. My favorite management consultant asks an interesting question: "What makes a damnable lie that is uttered by an opponent become a mere exaggeration when uttered by an ally?" At first blush, the answer is easy: human arrogance and hubris. However, after reflection, the answer may be more complicated. While humans are, by nature, selfish creatures, the ethical man is willing to suppress the first instinct to ignore lies when uttered by an ally, and to render an honest judgment after reflection. This skill (integrity?) was shown to be in short supply on both sides in the last election. Maybe the better question is: "How do we train our leaders and colleagues to call a lie a lie, no matter its origin?"